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Wild West, Cowboys and Buffalos

Operated by: Trafalgar

9 Days from $2,864 per person
MAY - SEP 2023
Girl with cowboy and stagecoaches, USA

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Salt Lake City (UT), Montpelier (ID), Jackson (WY), Moose, Gallatin Gateway, Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, Sheridan, Cody, Rapid City, Crazy Horse, Keystone (SD), Custer (SD) ...more Salt Lake City (UT), Montpelier (ID), Jackson (WY), Moose, Gallatin Gateway, Yellowstone National Park, West Yellowstone, Sheridan, Cody, Rapid City, Crazy Horse, Keystone (SD), Custer (SD)
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  1. Day 1 Start Your Travels In Salt Lake City

    Saddle up for a Wild West family adventure starting with a relaxing afternoon together in Salt Lake City before meeting your travel buckeroos for a rootin’ tootin’ evening Kick-off Party with your Travel Director.

    meals Kickoff Party
    hotel Little America
  2. Day 2 Idaho Potato Museum and Scavenger Hunt

    Put on your cowboy hats, pull up your boots and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime. Experience the rich history and culture of the world’s most humble vegetable – the potato! Visitors to the Idaho Potato Museum will learn about the many facets of the potato industry from planting and irrigation to harvesting and processing. There’s no place better to showcase potatoes than in “The Potato Capital of the World,” Blackfoot, Idaho! Followed by a potato-themed lunch including potato ice cream! Walk through the town's famous landmark arch of tangled elk antlers and step back in time as you explore the Town Square with its Western boardwalks, craft boutiques and ice cream shops-all surrounded by the majestic Rockies. Enjoy dinner at a local restaurant in town.

    meals Breakfast, Lunch
    hotel Modern Mountain Motel
  3. Day 3 Grand Teton National Park

    Family fun awaits every day of this trip and today is no exception. If the season is right, today is your chance to get out on the water for some adventures. Rise early to float down the Snake River on an optional^, scenic wilderness float trip. It’s the most relaxing way to experience the river as you learn about the history, geology, and wildlife from an expert. guide. Later, discover dramatic shimmering peaks of the Teton range rising above alpine forests and lakes in iconic Grand Teton National Park. Travel onward to your hotel for the night.

    meals Breakfast
    hotel National Park Lodges
  4. Day 4 Yellowstone Sightseeing

    Today you’ll enjoy a full day’s exploration of the geothermal wonderland of Yellowstone. Tonight, we stay inside the UNESCO-listed Yellowstone National Park, where, from western-themed furnishings to massive stone fireplaces to a national historic landmark, each lodge has its own unique setting and atmosphere. You’ll not only stay conveniently right in the park but feel good about your visit knowing that all Yellowstone National Park Lodges are stewards of the park, keeping a focus on preserving it for future generations. You’ll also enjoy Old West Dinner Cookout where you’ll line up for real western beef steaks cooked to order, the signature Roosevelt Baked Beans, potato salad, coleslaw, cornbread muffins, and fruit crisp.

    meals Breakfast, Dinner
  5. Day 5 Immerse Into The Culture Of The Old West

    This morning we make our way to Gillette, WY and enjoy a Be My Guest lunch at the Durham Bison Ranch. You will be treated to a tour of the 55,000 acre farm housing over 3,000 bison. Tip your Stetson to “Buffalo Bill” in his hometown of Cody and get a glimpse into the Spirit of the American West at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Delve into culture of the cowboy, the role of the firearm in the early days and the culture and art of the Indigenous Peoples of the Great Plains.

    meals Breakfast
  6. Day 6 Venture Into Rapid City

    After a hearty breakfast, visit the Durham Bison Ranch Tour and experience one of the world’s largest and oldest working buffalo ranches. With around 3,000 bison currently on 55,000 acres, Durham Ranch has been actively engaged in the raising of bison since the mid-1960s. Then your journey continues on to South Dakota and the Crazy Horse Memorial. Gaze at the towering tribute to legendary Lakota leader Crazy Horse being carved into the mountain and learn how your visit helps to preserve the culture of his people. The evening is yours to explore in Rapid City. Or consider an optional trip to the Mount Rushmore Lighting Ceremony, a chance to see one of America's most famous landmarks from a different perspective.

    meals Breakfast, Be My Guest
    hotel Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Sheridan
  7. Day 7 Badlands NP and Oglala Lakota Living History Village

    Start your visit at the Ben Reifel Visitor Center is the perfect place to get yourself oriented for your morning visit of Badlands National Park. Learn about the rich earth, science, wildlife, history, and more. You may explore museum exhibits, visit a working Fossil Preparation Lab, or stop by the park bookstore. Then you are off for some sightseeing with stops along the way to snap your best pictures. Later in the afternoon, you will Make Travel Matter with a visit to the Oglala Lakota Living History Village. It is the entry point to the beautiful landscape of the past and present culture, and of indigenous knowledge of Lakota Country on Pine Ridge Reservation. You’ll get to walk on the trails through displays of living quarters from approximately the 1870’s to the 1960’s with a local guide. Local native artists provide an insight of the culture and tradition through their crafts and storytelling. Your visit contributes to the sustainability and resiliency of the Lakota community for generations to come.

    meals Breakfast
  8. Day 8 Encounter The Traditions Of Black Hills

    Today, head for the famous Black Hills of South Dakota to view the giant faces of former American presidents etched in the stone cliffs of Mount Rushmore. This evening, join your fellow adventurers at a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and Farewell Dinner featuring your guide Stephen Yellowhawk (or another tribe member).

    meals Breakfast, Farewell Dinner
  9. Day 9 Depart Denver

    Travel to Denver, where you can extend your stay or transfer to Denver International Airport for your flight home.

    meals Breakfast
Wild West Cowboys and Buffalos - End Denver
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Dining Highlights

  • 1 Kickoff Party
  • 8 Breakfasts
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Be My Guest
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

First class travel Highlights

  • An expert Travel Director and professional Driver
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • Audio headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • All transport and transfers shown
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach with Wi-Fi in most countries or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Optional Experiences and free time

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Explore a cowboy ranch and choose between horseback riding and river float trips
  • Discover Native American culture and traditions when you meet Stephen Yellowhawk and gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness of the culture
  • Visit the Oregon Trail Center in Montpelier, Jackson, Grand Teton National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Cody, the Black Hills, Crazy Horse Memorial, Mount Rushmore
  • Stays With Stories Spend the night in the historic Togwotee Mountain Lodge. Built in 1923 and once a Native American trading spot nestled in the mountains of the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Contribute to the preservation of the heritage of Native Americans during a visit to the Crazy Horse Memorial.
  • MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Meet Stephen Yellowhawk and discover the history of his tribe during a festive evening of dance and song.

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Optional Add-Ons

Optional Experiences are subject to change. Your Travel Director will supply you with a final list of Optional Experiences available on your trip. Optional Experiences cannot be booked online; they can be purchased during your trip through your Travel Director.

Jackson

Available on Day 3

Snake River Float Trip through Grand Teton National Park

This gentle 10-mile float trip runs entirely within Grand Teton National Park and covers the most scenic stretch of the Snake River in the Jackson Hole Valley. The Snake River is a lifeline to the park’s bison, elk, moose, beaver, pronghorn, deer, bear and 300 different species of birds, including osprey and eagles. Your experienced guide offers in-depth information on the geology of the Grand Tetons and the habitats of the animals you may see. Although we can’t guarantee multiple animal sightings, your chances of spotting wildlife on the Snake River – with its lush willows to feed on and deep-water pools for animals to swim in – are greater here than anywhere else in the park. Operates late May – mid-Sep, subject to weather conditions.
Adult Price: $93

Rapid City

Available on Day 7

Mount Rushmore Evening Lighting Ceremony

Join a park ranger at Mount Rushmore’s outdoor amphitheater for this moving patriotic program and sculpture lighting ceremony. The program begins with a short inspirational talk, focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation’s history, and is followed by a 20-minute film, “Freedom: America’s Lasting Legacy.” Watch in wonder as the evening culminates in the slow exposure of light to the monument until it is fully illuminated. Be sure to bundle up as the evenings can be cool.  Operates seasonally, starting at 9pm.
Adult Price: $26

Custer

Available on Day 8

Buffalo Safari

Custer State Park is known for its beauty and serenity, but it is also a wildlife reserve that is home to a famous herd of 1,500 free-roaming bison plus elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn antelope, mountain lions and feral burros. On this 90-minute scenic tour of the backcountry, you’ll get up close and personal with herds of buffalo and other species as your jeep driver and guide offer historical and educational information about the park and wildlife. Start with a guided off-road buffalo safari jeep tour through the park in search of pronghorns, elk, and the noble buffalo. Along the way, guides will share historical and educational facts about the park and wildlife—and help you spot the animals.
Adult Price: $60

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William White Jr
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Service
Travel specialist was extremely helpful in trip changes due to the pandemic. Originally scheduled an overseas trip in 2020 but it was canceled due to Covid. Waited until after vaccination to schedule a domestic trip that toured area my wife and I had never visited.
Vacation
Thoroughly enjoyed the portion of the trip that we took, unfortunately had to leave in the middle of the trip due to a death in the family. The tour director and wellness coordinator were indispensable in coordinating our smooth departure so we could attend to our family emergency.
Response from Grand European Travel:
All of us at GET wish to express our condolences for your loss. We know it was a stressful time and are glad to see that our team was able to help make arrangements to get you home quickly to be with your family.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
Trusted Customer
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Service
Service was great. Everything went as scheduled.
Vacation
Lots of fun experiences were included. Loved the covered wagon rides, the rafting and many delicious meals and entertainment.
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